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Census Data for Windsor ...

Population ...

The last Decennial Census<1> was in 2010, giving Windsor a population of 6,345 people.

The community of Windsor is located in Dane County. The 2010 Census gave Dane County a population of 488,073 people. This means that Windsor had 1.3% of the county's total population, making it Dane's 13th most populous community.

At the same time, Wisconsin had a population of 5,686,986 people, meaning that Windsor had 0.11% of the total population of Wisconsin - making it the state's 149th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a community like Windsor, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the community.

Things like the population, area and housing for Windsor reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Windsor might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Windsor has a total area of 28.78 square miles [74.5 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Dane County has a land area of 1,197 square miles [3,100.8 km²]. At 28.66 square miles [74.2 km²], Windsor has 2.39% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   43° 14' 44"   (or 43.25°)             [Map]

Lon:   -89° 16' 53"   (or -89.28°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (6,345 people) and land area (28.66 square miles [74.2 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Windsor had a population density of 220.5 people per square mile [85.1 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Windsor had a population of 5,286 people and a land area of 30.73 square miles [79.6 km²]. This gives a population density of 171.4 people per square mile [66.2 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Windsor. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Windsor had 2,548 Housing Units<2> and with its population of 6,345 people, this averages 2.49 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Windsor had a land area of 28.66 square miles [74.2 km²]. This translates to 88.5 Housing Units per square mile [34.19 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Windsor had 1,923 Housing Units, a population of 5,286 people and a land area of 30.73 square miles [79.6 km²]. This gives a density of 2.75 people per Housing Unit and 62.4 Housing Units per square mile [24.08 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Windsor and you need to be careful when comparing between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Dane County ...

The community of Windsor is located in Dane County.

The county had a population of 488,073 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 6,345 people, Windsor represented 1.3% of the county's total.

In addition, where the community of Windsor has a population density of 220.5 people per square mile [85.1 people/km²], Dane County averages 407.7 people per square mile [157.4 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Dane County.

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Windsor, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Windsor. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 6.68% smaller than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Windsor was 28.78 square miles [74.5 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 30.84 square miles [79.9 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Windsor, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Windsor.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   43.245700°   (or 43°14'44" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -89.281540°   (or -89°16'53" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   43.230775°   (or 43°13'50" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -89.332625°   (or -89°19'57" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2 miles to the east<3> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#1584454) to Windsor. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Windsor. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   43.229158°   (or 43°13'44" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -89.301505°   (or -89°18'5" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 8,030 feet to the northeast<4> of the point given by the GNIS for Windsor. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Windsor.

Miscellaneous Information for Windsor ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Dane County or the community of Windsor:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Windsor:

GNIS ID for Windsor: 1584454

GNIS ID for Dane County: 1581072

GNIS ID for Wisconsin: 1779806

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 55 (Wisconsin)

County Code: 025 (Dane County)

Place Code: 87750 (Windsor)

State & County Code: 55/025 (Wisconsin / Dane County)

State & Place Code: 55/87750 (Wisconsin / Windsor)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Windsor is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #3 (the East North-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Windsor.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau


The official website for Windsor: www.ci.windsor.wi.us/

The official website for Dane County: www.co.dane.wi.us/

The official website for State of Wisconsin: www.wisconsin.gov/


The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)



Footnotes ...

<1>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 291 degrees and a distance of 2 miles.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 318 degrees and a distance of 8,030 feet.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Windsor.